Angel

Season 4 Episode 14

Release

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 2003 on The WB
9.2
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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With the Beast out of the way, and sunlight returned to L.A., Wesley and Faith prepare for a final confrontation with Angelus.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 2nd 10 out of 10 in a row!

    10
    RELEASE



    The Good;

    The Wes and Faith hurt/comfort scenes are excellent. The hunting of Angelus is magnificent.



    The Bad;

    Wes' shotgun seems to contain an inordinate amount of shells?



    Best line:

    Lorne "Mojo?"

    Fred "Nojo"

    also like;

    Vamp (as the daylight returns); "What the f...?"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Hard to watch Faith all banged up and self harming in Wes' shower, you'd think Eliza naked in a shower would normally be cause for celebration but not this time. A magic shop owner badly beaten but at least alive, if this was Sunnydale he'd be a goner.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches

    In disguise; 8



    DB get's his shirt off; 12



    Cheap Angel; 6



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 13

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 4

    Fred; 2



    Fang gang knocked out: Poor old Lorne and Connor knocked out, the latter assuming the classic Jesus pose.

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 16

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 5

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1



    Kills; one vamp for Wes

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 41 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+4 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 18 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 11 vamps+ 13 demons, 5 zombies, 1 human.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 3 vamp+ 1 demon, 5 zombies

    Connor; 13 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 10

    Fred; 2

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 1



    Characters killed:

    255



    Recurring characters killed;

    9;



    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes, CC, Connor, Faith



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 1

    Wes; 7

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 2



    Packing heat; Wes breaks out his shotgun

    Wes; 8

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 3

    Gunn; 1



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Fred wants Gunn back but he turns her down. Connor is at least part demon meaning 4 out of CC's 5 lovers have been some form of supernatural creatures.

    Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 3; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy



    Kinky dinky:

    Faith actually has the most unerotic shower scene for a beautiful woman in the history of TV. Apparently CC and Angelus both 'like to watch'. The demon declares he thought 'she was 18'. Faith refers to being 'spanked'. Angelus says 'That hurt. I liked it'. Wes refers to Sylvia Plath who wrote about the 'Electra complex' referring to Agamenon's relationship with his daughter in Greek mythology but also a term for girls' quest for a father figure throughout their lives (Buffy/Giles, Faith/Giles, Faith/The Mayor and finally here's Faith/Wes as the Watcher's Council always intended).

    Faith; "Screw you!"

    Angelus; "Maybe after! I like my girls to lie still"

    CC knocked up AGAIN! 3rd time in 5 years. Does she ever meet a demon she doesn't get impregnated by? Taboo Comics anyone?



    Captain Subtext;

    Angelus is told he's going to be the master's 'bitch' like the Beast. And so he is. "Master". The junkie in the vamp brothel thinks Faith is pretty and asks if she wants to make out? She seems tempted (maybe missing the communal soapings in the prison showers?). Wes says that the girl probably enjoyed Faith hitting her and says that Faith is still looking for some S&M punishment. Angelus refers to Wes as a 'ponce'.



    Know the face, different character; 4



    Parking garages;

    6,



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Faith and Wes torture their way through LA, he's so hardcore even she's outraged.



    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, The Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony



    What the fanficcers thought;

    So what if Angelus had really turned Faith? A lot written on this idea but a sequal to them all has Faith's Slayer nature taking over and getting them both resouled.



    Questions and observations;

    Fred's good with a tranquilizer gun but then she is from Texas. Her hair rather makes her look like Princess Leia. The one horned demon in the bar sounds an awful lot like Merle. How much of losing the fight is Faith faking? Faith is bitten by Angelus, Xander, Tara, Wes and Oz, the only Sunnydale Scoobies never to be bitten by a vampire.



    Marks out of 10; 10/10 no question.

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  • Release

    9.0
    Release was a really great episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it took us further into the main story line of the season and sets up the following epiosdes with a big cliff hanger. I thought the characters all played their parts well and the events were exciting to watch. Cordelia has begun to really show another side which is corrupting Conner into doing anything for her. I thought Angelus was very entertaining, especially when he was hearing the Beast's Master in his mind. The end of the episode was action packed with a surprise ending. I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • *confesses his never ending love for Faith*

    9.3
    Release is another excellent episode following in a loooong line of excellent episodes- S4 is pretty much outstanding until episode 18 where it falls flat, but at this episode it's still in it's prime and has lots and lots of Faith. Now that The Beast has gone bye bye, the focus is switched to Angelus, whom is an even better villain the The Beast IMO. I love his one liners and his sense of humour and think bringing him in for S4 was an excellent idea. It was great to see Faith's dilemma here- she can't kill Angelus as Angel is the only person to never give up on her but he's running around causing mayhem and the like so she's a bit stuck. She also seems to value human life a lot more now, shown by her unwillingness to sacrifice Wesley. I can't decide if I prefer Reformed Faith or Bad Girl Faith- both are incredible and my love for Faith has grown a lot lately! I love her fight sequence at the end and think it's one of the best of the show- a Faith vs. Angelus throwdown was just what we needed in a bit of a talk-y episode.



    I really enjoyed Cordevila speaking in Angel's mind. The fake voice may have been incredibly cheesy but it worked as a whole. I have to say Jazzy in Cordy is a fantastic villain who's manipulations are mind blowing. If only she had remained as cool when she came out of Cordy and was played by Gina Torres. I just love watching her manipulate everyone so easily and carefully- she's awesome!



    The scene with Faith and Wes in the junkie backrooms was interesting, although slightly disturbing. Wesley just came over too mean here- stabbing that girl just to get info? It felt a bit out of character. I did like his speech to Faith after and felt it was cruel but necessary. Wesley has a good understanding of Faith and his insults were not without reason. The Gunn and Fred scenes felt tired- even though I prefer Gunn/Fred to Wesley/Fred, their relationship was over at this point and the kiss they shared was pointless- nothing ever becomes of it. It's a bit repitive. I love the end and on first watch I was like "NOOOO DON'T KILL FAITH" but thankfully she sticks around for another episode and 5 more on Buffy. It was a shocker alright. Great episode!moreless
  • The Slayer Gets Back In The Game!

    9.8
    Release-With the Beast out of the way, and sunlight returned to L.A., Wesley and Faith prepare for a final confrontation with Angelus.



    A superb follow-up in this brilliant trilogy of episodes. The opening teaser with Faith in the shower is a disturbing yet powerful scene as she feels so beat up about losing. The best parts continue to be Wesley and Faith as they're interaction gets better with each episode. Wesley is prepared to lose himself in the darkness to stop Angelus but Faith isn't. It's very shocking scene as Faith interogates a young woman then Wesley stabs her and is relentless for information. Then Wesley reminds Faith of how she tortured him and how much of reject she is, to which Faith reacts. Alexis's performance was just so amazing in the episode like ALL of his performances this season! Also, the scene with Angelus in the hotel with Fred was great how he tried to out smart her then she shots a dart gun and his Lorne by mistake. Connor is pretty much a useless lapdog this whole hour while Cordelia makes a big scary voice at Angelus, to which he responds:



    Angel: "Hey, I have a big scary voice too, kiss my vampire a$$!"



    LOL!



    The big showdown at the end between Faith and Angelus is another highlight fight of this season. The setting is perfect and the choreography is sharp! It seems that Faith will win in the end, but suddenly Angelus catches her off guard and starts feeding on her! All and All, another amazing episode of this season with great character developments, scenes and fight.moreless
  • After the Beast is taken down, it's now time to bring down Angelus. But does Faith have what it takes to bring him down?

    9.4
    It's not as awesome as the previous or the next episode but it's good nonetheless. After the big battle with the Beast, Faith and Wes return to his apartment. I guess they didn't return to the Hyperion because seeing Faith look like a giant bruise wouldn't really be good for morale. Buffy fights and uber-vamp and gets the crap beat out of her and what is her response? She sits alone wide-eyed looking frightened out of her wits. Faith, on the other hand, fights the huge Beast made of solid rock and what is her response? "No trauma. I'm good" then showers. Awesome. It's really hard to make a shower scene tastefully but the guys at Angel really pulled it off. Though, I don't know why they had ED stand behind the shower instead of under it. It didn't look like she was under it at all, if that's what they were going for. It was odd. Angelus regales the lackeys about his bout with the Beast (Hee! Bunny ) and is interrupted by Cordevil's big boomin' voice. Nice trick. Angelus: Where are you? Master's Voice: I'm where it's warm and soft. The gang's all in the Hyperion and they arm themselves with tranqs. Connor walks in and he's acting really suspicious. Not I'm-still-shacking-it-up-with-the-woman-who-changed-my-diapers suspicious but more like I'm-hiding-a-big-evil-secret suspicious. The gang, however, don't pick up on it. Weird. Fred's doing her thing but then is interrupted by Angelus who shows her his mojo (Eew, not like that). He takes all their intel but not before dodging a few tranq darts. Man, Fred's a suck shot… and only three darts really? Come one Gunn you gotta give your girl more than that… I guess it was a bitter breakup. Heh. Connor sees Angelus and goes in for the hit but is knocked the heck out by the sanctuary spell. Angelus, as well as all of us, says "Well, isn't that interesting." So Connor is a demon? I wish they would have elaborated more on that. Angelus is confronted by Wes and Faith She should have taken the shot (Hee! The boy hostage ) I guess Wes has grown on Faith… he's kinda grown on me too this season… kinda. Back to the lobby. The gang is regrouping and Wesley goes for his shotgun. I don't care what anyone says, guns make you look cooler. Heh! Angelus tries to decipher whatever it is that he stole from Fred but he is interrupted by Cordevil She manages to make him her lapdog by just showing him the Jar o' soul. Cool. Gunn and Fred are in the lobby and apparently Fred decides that she now has feelings for Gunn. Make up your mind! Fortunately Gunn ain't having that anymore 'cause he straight out disses her. Aww. Ha! Faith and Wes are hot on Angelus' trail. They walk into the druggie room and Faith (as well as me) is weirded out. She interrogates a girl and tries to channel Faith BtVS S3 but I guess prison has made her soft, which is definitely not a bad thing. Wes however freaks the hell out of Faith and me as well by his interrogation techniques. Heh. I guess Alexis Denisof doesn't know how to do an English accent while yelling. I really liked this dialogue: Faith: So, what? Torturing humans part of the new makeover? Wesley:I did what I had to do because you couldn't. Faith: I hit her. Wesley:You think that's something new to her? Faith: You crossed it back there, Wes. What you did back there- Wesley:Oh, you have a problem with torture now? I seem to recall a time when you rather enjoyed it. Faith: Yeah, well, it's not me anymore. You know that. Wesley: (leans the shotgun forward) Nice to have this along, just in case. I remember what you did to me, Faith. The broken glass, the shallow cuts so I would remain conscious. Faith:You think I'd hurt you again? Wesley:This the part where you tell me you've turned a new leaf, found God, inner peace? We both know that isn't true. You haven't changed. You can't. Faith:Wes... Wesley:Because you're sick. You've always been sick. It goes right down to the roots rotting your soul. That's why your friends turned on you in Sunnydale, why the Watchers' Council tried to kill you. No one trusts you, Faith. You're a rabid dog who should've been put down years ago! (Faith pushes Wesley violently against the chain link fence, taking the gun from him and raising it back to hit him with it, but stops short) See, that wasn't so hard, was it? It's what you'll need to beat him. Faith: (puts the gun down, steps back) No. I ♥ Continuity. Faith and Wes are able to find Angelus. Wes does what he's best at and gets knocked out immediately not before Angelus swipes his shotgun. Ponce indeed. He manages to corner Faith with the shotgun thankfully killing her that way isn't his "style". They fight, which is really cool, and Angelus tries to get Faith with his mind games. But Faith ain't having none of that. She breaks out the knives which is awesome. I love Faith and her knives. They fight some more, and Angelus taunts Wes. He sure has been out long. Angelus disappears and begins to taunt Faith out of sight. Lame. More mind games but Faith, as well as I, is tired of it and she really lets loose on Angelus. She really beats the hell out of him and it looks like he's down for the count. But he manages to get her and sink his teeth into her. Will he drain her? Is he gonna sire her!? What's gonna happen!!!?moreless
Christopher Neiman

Christopher Neiman

Frotor Demon

Guest Star

Catalina Larranaga

Catalina Larranaga

Vamp Waitress

Guest Star

Darren Laverty

Darren Laverty

Lackey Vamp #1

Guest Star

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku

Faith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Connor tells Cordelia that he won't let anything hurt either her or the baby, Cordelia touches his hair. She reaches out with her right hand, but when the camera cuts to Connor, she touches him with her left hand. Cut back to Cordelia, and her right arm is moving back to her side.

    • How is it when Wes shot the shotgun with one arm it didn't take his shoulder off?

    • It's been established that Connor has superior hearing, and can listen in on conversations tens of yards away even over the roar of an ocean surf. Yet he doesn't hear Cordy/The Master talking through the orb to Angelus ten feet away. Given that Angelus has been in and out of the hotel, you'd think he be a little more cautious.

    • When talking later with Gunn, Fred claims that she only got out alive because Angelus let her. Actually, it was because of the sanctuary spell - every indication is that he would have killed her if he could.

    • Wes fires five rounds from the gun at Angelus. Angelus then fires twice at Faith and then empties between three and five rounds from the chamber. However, the maximum number of shells that that shotgun could carry would be six, one in the chamber and five in the pump.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (after Wesley tortures a girl to get information)
      Faith: So what -- torturing humans part of the new makeover?
      Wesley: I did what I had to because you couldn't.
      Faith: I hit her.
      Wesley: You think that's something new to her?
      Faith: You crossed it back there Wes. What did...
      Wesley: Oh, you have a problem with a little torture now? I seem to recall a time when you rather enjoyed it.

    • Angelus: Half of this crap is written in some archaic proto-demon-cuneiform, and I don't want to be rude, but I think the other half they just doodled.

    • (Wes cocks a shotgun.)
      Faith: What're you doing with that?
      Wesley: Changing the game.
      Faith: I thought we weren't going for the kill.
      Wesley: We're not, but if we get another chance, I want slow him down long enough to tranq him.
      Fred: By blowing his legs off?
      Gunn: You want some help with that?

    • Gunn: If he pops a fang in here, thwack him where it hurts.

    • Cordy: (to Connor when she sees him checking to see if he's a demon in the mirror.) You know most teenagers check for pimples.

    • Connor: (to Fred) I thought you were more of a taser girl.

    • Lorne: Did I mention the only shots I'm good at involve tequila?

    • Fred: (to Angelus) I do know one thing. You're out of your league. What you're up against? He'll make you his bitch, just like the Beast. So if you're going to kill me, just get it over with.

    • Angelus: Defy who? A big, scary voice? Whoa! Hey, I've got one of those, too. You want to hear it? (hands over his mouth) 'You can kiss my vampire ass!' That do anything for ya?

    • Fred: But? There's always a "but". When this is over can we have a big "but" moratorium?

    • Angelus: Hey, you're preaching to the guy who ate the choir.

    • Drugged Vampire: (to Angelus) Whatever you're on, man... I'll give you the girl for a gram.

    • Angelus: Now this is disappointing. You never used to bleed so easy.
      Faith: Screw you!
      Angelus: Mmmm. Maybe after. I like my girls to lie still.

    • Angelus: Uh-oh! Vampire with a gun. (shoots at Faith) I can see why Wesley likes it!

  • NOTES (3)

    • In preparation for directing "Inside Out", Steven DeKnight shot Eliza's shower scene as part of 2nd unit.

    • Music: When Faith is in the shower and continuing in the demon bar -- "Here" by Vast This song was featured in the unaired promo for the Angel series premiere.

    • As of this episode Andy Hallett (Lorne) is now a series regular and appears in the opening credits marking the first time since Wesley replaced Doyle in Season 1 that a cast member has joined mid-season. Andy has the record of being the actor who took the longest to become a regular after having guest starred in 45 episodes before finally being included in the main opening credits in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Gunn: Then the next time Minnie will take a chunk out of his cheese.
      Gunn tries to boost Fred's self-esteem after her run in with Angelus by calling her Minnie (re: Minnie Mouse). Minnie Mouse is the girlfriend of popular Disney character Mickey Mouse.

    • Fred: Supergirl wouldn't have fallen for a cheap hunk of crap like this.
      Fred is comparing Faith to Supergirl, one of DC's characters that has been represented by many a young woman. The original Supergirl was Superman's cousin.

    • Faith: This coming from the boy hostage.
      A insult often leveled at Robin, The Boy Wonder, who far too often finds himself taken hostage.

    • Gunn: ...Vampire Moriarty...
      Professor Moriarty is the ingenious arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes.

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